Production of Lauric Acid and Pentaerythritol Based Biolubricant
Production of a biolubricant based on lauric acid and pentaerythritol (PE) was carried out. The esterification reaction at 180°C-200°C for 6-7 hours in the present of sulphuric acid as catalyst. The end product (PE ester) was confirmed through the determination of Fourier Transformation Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), GC-FID . The characterization of PE ester's of viscosity index, pour point, flash point and oxidative stability . The PE ester showed flash point at 250°C, pour point at 25°C, viscosity index 162 and the oxidative stability at 216°C respectively.The PE ester produced is plausible to be used as potential biolubricant.
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